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Seafaring Fun Grows for Little Cruisers on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on October 30th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Earlier this week I gave you inside looks at one of the transformed spaces for little cruisers on the Disney Magic, Disney’s Oceaneer Club including Marvel’s Avengers Academy. But one part I didn’t tell you about is the secret passageway that connects Oceaneer Club to another magical realm – Disney’s Oceaneer Lab!

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Adorned with giant, nautical ropes belayed around columns, ancient navigation maps on the walls and compasses emblazoned throughout the décor, Oceaneer Lab takes pint-sized pirates on a journey of discovery, exploration and adventure.

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This seafaring fun spot has video walls and digital stations for games, an animator’s studio for budding artists and a pirate workshop for experiments and art projects. Plus, Navigator Simulators let young buccaneers take the wheel and captain a ship through the mysterious waters of the Caribbean.

Just down the hall for the youngest cruisers — ages three months to three years — is the new It’s a Small World Nursery. Inspired by the style of Disney Legend Mary Blair, this whimsical world has cheerful artwork and murals resembling the namesake Disney Parks attraction.

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The space is filled with hands-on features, including horns to honk, wheels to spin and buttons to press, along with colorful, kid-sized tables and chairs for toddlers to enjoy crafts, books and games with caring, trained counselors.

At the back of the nursery, a serene motif and a calm, quiet atmosphere is reserved for naptime. Parents wishing to check on their children without disturbing them can glimpse into the nursery’s main play area through a one-way window.

Now that I’ve given you a virtual tour of the kids spaces, which re-imagined areas on the Disney Magic do you want to see more of next?

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for all of the exciting updates about the Disney Magic’s transformation! While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DisneyMagic.

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Kids Unleash Their Inner Super Heroes on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on October 28th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


One of the coolest new spaces on the re-imagined Disney Magic is Marvel’s Avengers Academy, located inside Disney’s Oceaneer Club. (Take a look back at the photos I shared the other day of this transformed youth club if you missed it.)
Marvel’s Avengers Academy Aboard the Newly Re-Imagined Disney Magic

When young Disney cruisers entered Marvel’s Avengers Academy for the very first time last week, they were in for a surprise of “super hero” proportions … the chance to meet Captain America and virtually train in Iron Man’s suit!
Marvel’s Avengers Academy Aboard the Newly Re-Imagined Disney Magic

These epic adventures are part of the special missions and operations training for super hero “recruits,” a multi-day experience that begins when kids are briefed via video conference by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury on the need to train new recruits to keep the world safe from evil. After building their own super-suits by constructing masks, capes, chest plates and repulsor rays to reflect their super powers, the super heroes-in-training are surprised by one of their favorite Marvel icons — Captain America himself! Checking in on the training, Captain America teaches the group the “Avengers Assemble” call sign so they can truly step into the role of the Avengers.
Marvel’s Avengers Academy Aboard the Newly Re-Imagined Disney Magic

On Day Two, recruits report for more training of their super-skills, when S.H.I.E.L.D. intercepts an urgent transmission. Super-villain Red Skull has planned another diabolical plot to turn a “certain sea vessel” into a deadly weapon! When recruits realize their own Youth Activities counselors have been put under an evil spell, it becomes clear that it’s up to them to save the planet. Using their own super hero powers and creative reasoning to work together, recruits must find a solution to thwart Red Skull’s evil plans so that they can save the Avengers and prevent the Disney Magic from takeover!
Marvel’s Avengers Academy Aboard the Newly Re-Imagined Disney Magic

For added inspiration to help the recruits in their academy missions, Iron Man’s high-tech suit of armor, Captain America’s shield and Thor’s hammer are on display. They’ll want to closely examine the suit before they get the chance to “Become Iron Man” themselves! Trainees begin this simulated experience, which happens on a video screen display complete with flashing lights and sound effects, by virtually suiting up, piece-by-piece in the armor, and testing their agility in the suit. Next, recruits practice accuracy by blasting targets with the repulsor system. The training simulation concludes with a fast-paced flight test to get kids used to jetting around in the suit—a skill they may find handy in the future!

Does your little super hero have what it takes to be the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest recruit? Tell us what you think about the brand-new experiences in Marvel’s Avengers Academy in the comments section below.

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New Stories Come to Life for Kids on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on October 26th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Now that Disney cruisers are calling the re-imagined Disney Magic their home-away-from-home on tropical getaways from Miami, we’ll be taking a look at what guests love most about the ship’s transformation over the next couple of weeks.

Some of the most dramatic enhancements on the ship are to the areas just for kids, leaving many grown-ups (including me) a bit envious! Parents will have a chance to check out these spaces during Open House on their cruise, but first I’ll give you my own virtual tour of the transformed youth spaces, starting today with Disney’s Oceaneer Club.

A bright, open area, perfect for group play and special activities, is the entry point for kids before they are transported to a magical realm of their choice. Giant storybook facades line the walls, marking the adventures and stories they can join.
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Mickey Mouse Club is inspired by a new series of two-dimensional short cartoons that borrow from the style of Mickey Mouse’s character in the 1930s and place the world’s most famous mouse in contemporary settings like Paris, New York, Tokyo and Venice. Designed for the younger ones, kids can create crafts on ear-shaped tables, play with wacky, magnetic spinning gears (known as Goofy Gears) and enjoy a pixie-dusted version of the classic kids memory challenge, Mickey’s Memory Match Game.
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Themed to another favorite, classic Disney character, Pixie Hollow is an enchanted land where Tinker Bell and her fairy friends live. In this magical forest setting, tree branches wind their way around the space and Tinker Bell’s teapot house serves as a closet filled with fanciful costumes for dress up. Here kids can make crafts while sitting on stools shaped like mushrooms and acorns or play on computers shrouded in tree branches.
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The stars of the Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” film trilogy come to life in Andy’s Room, a multi-level activity area stocked with Andy’s favorite toys. Kids, who feel toy-sized themselves in this space, can craft their own Mr. Potato Head creation and put larger-than-life sized coins in the “Toy Story” piggy bank, Hamm. Or they can climb the stairs to the top of Andy’s bed and take the super-fun Slinky Dog slide back down.
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And finally, the all-new space guests have been talking about most, Marvel’s Avengers Academy transports young crime-fighters to a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) — a technologically advanced remote command post used by Marvel’s The Avengers for special missions and operations training. There’s no shortage of high-tech fun here with special lighting, audio effects, computer stations and a giant video wall to assist in the multi-day “training” and super hero missions.

The addition of Marvel’s Avengers Academy marks the first time Marvel Super Heroes have been introduced on a Disney Cruise Line ship, so I know many of you are looking forward to hearing about the epic experiences for kids taking place. Check back next week to find out more, and let me know in the comments how excited your little cruisers are to be transported to the Marvel Universe on the re-imagined Disney Magic.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for all of the exciting updates about the Disney Magic’s transformation! While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DisneyMagic.

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First Look at the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on October 25th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Welcome aboard the re-imagined Disney Magic!

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Now that the transformation of Disney Cruise Line’s flagship vessel is complete, I am thrilled to give you a first look at some of the ship’s brand-new spaces. Even though I knew the enhancements would turn out pretty awesome, I am still blown away by the finished product! Take a look for yourself…

Amazing, isn’t it? In the coming weeks I’ll bring you more photos and videos so you can get a full look at the ship’s magical transformation, starting tomorrow with an in-depth look at Disney’s Oceaneer Club!

Tell me, which spaces are you most excited to see in person?

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Pixie Dusting the Disney Magic for Little Cruisers

posted on October 15th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Yesterday we shared with you a first look through video at the Disney Magic pixie dusting process, which has been taking place the past several weeks, and showed you some of the spaces being transformed for adults.

In this next video, you’ll see the enhancements we’ve been making to spaces for little cruisers. Check it out, and let me know in the comments if you’re joining our countdown to the Disney Magic relaunch. Only five days left!

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Behind-the-Scenes of the Disney Magic Transformation

posted on October 14th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


This past Thursday, the Disney Magic left the shipyard in Cadiz, Spain, kicking off our final countdown to the ship’s relaunch in Miami. We know many of you have been curious about our pixie dusting process, so we asked some of our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering to give us a behind-the-scenes look at what’s been going on the past several weeks.

First up, a glimpse at the transformation happening on the ship in the spaces just for adults. Take a look at this video, and check back tomorrow for a sneak peek into the kids clubs!

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Disney Magic Transformation Update: Week 5

posted on October 10th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Today the Disney Magic began her journey across the Atlantic Ocean, starting our countdown for the ship’s relaunch in Miami! Over the next 10 days, we’ll be putting the finishing touches on the ship and getting ready for the first guests on October 20. Helmsman Mickey is eagerly awaiting you to step aboard!
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In case you aren’t following @DisneyCruise on Twitter yet, here’s a look back at some of the photos we shared this past week, including the atrium chandeliers, Hamm in Andy’s Room and the refreshed Animator’s Palate. It’s looking great, isn’t it?

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Disney Magic Transformation Update: Week 4

posted on October 4th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


We’re less than one week away from the Disney Magic leaving the shipyard in Cadiz, Spain for her journey across the Atlantic Ocean to Miami! As we near the end of the fourth week of our pixie dusting process, I’m happy to report we’re on schedule and making significant progress in the Disney Magic transformation.

Here’s a first look at the nearly completed O’Gill’s Pub for adults…
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…and the staircase in Andy’s Room for kids.
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This past week on Twitter we shared a few sneak peeks of reimagined details and asked you to guess their location on the ship. Did you guess correctly? We gave you two looks inside Animator’s Palate

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….and showed you a chandelier in the atrium lobby.
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Be sure to follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for more Disney Magic photos this week.

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A Taste of South America at Carioca’s on the Re-imagined Disney Magic

posted on September 26th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


One of the brand-new spaces coming to the Disney Magic is Carioca’s, a fun and festive dining room named after Donald Duck’s parrot pal in “The Three Caballeros,” Jose Carioca. Designed to be fun by day and elegant by night, the energetic atmosphere in Carioca’s is inspired by the vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro.

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During the day, buffet meals feature a festival theme before night falls and the atmosphere transforms into an after-hours scene of Rio de Janiero, with city-side windows softly illuminated and lanterns flickering overhead. A scenery scrim is drawn to conceal the buffet and kitchen areas for dinner service, providing a more elegant dining locale.

In this video, see some of the mouthwatering cuisine, inspired by South America, you can taste at Carioca’s when the Disney Magic relaunches in Miami.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for all of the exciting updates about the Disney Magic’s transformation! While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DisneyMagic.

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Disney Magic Transformation Update: Week 3

posted on September 24th, 2013 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


New stories are quickly coming to life on the Disney Magic! Today, I have for you the very first sneak peek inside the ship at one of the magical spaces for kids, Andy’s Room in Disney’s Oceaneer Club.
Andy’s Room in Disney’s Oceaneer Club on the Re-Imagined Disney Magic

Now that the walls in this room are nearly complete, popular stars of the Disney•Pixar “Toy Story” film trilogy are starting to call this multi-level activity area home.
Andy’s Room in Disney’s Oceaneer Club on the Re-Imagined Disney Magic

One of Andy’s favorite toys, Slinky, found his way to the ship this week and is being magically transformed into a Slinky Dog slide. He’ll soon be joined by Mr. Potato Head and the lovable piggy bank, Hamm.

Since these toys are larger-than-life, kids on the re-imagined Disney Magic will feel toy-sized themselves! Which “Toy Story” friend will your little ones play with first when the Disney Magic relaunches in Miami?

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and Disney Cruise Line Facebook page, and follow @DisneyCruise on Twitter for all of the exciting updates about the Disney Magic’s transformation! While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtag #DisneyMagic.

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